The Process of Collection
Information is the systematic compilation of data. Technically, information are specific details and statistics that are converted into information, including totals and summaries. However, since information may also be the actual data for a particular individual or the next undertaking, both concepts can not be exactly defined, and hence both terms are used inter-dependently. In order to give some examples of how this is applied in reality, take a look at some examples below.
You can see complete definition of the concept of information by simply looking at the definition of information in an everyday situation. We have all been in supermarkets where there is a row of shelves with different products in each of them. When you approach the first shelf you will find the most expensive product on the first shelf. However, after you have had a few minutes, you will see that it is the second cheapest available product on the second shelf, and so forth.
This is a clear example of how information varies in nature, and it illustrates the fundamental meaning of the words “information” and “complete definition”. It shows how information can be a very dynamic entity, changing with circumstances. In order to grasp this concept more deeply, we need to understand more about the terminology of information and the process of collection. There are two main concepts that must be understood, namely, information collection.
Information can be described in many ways, using various terminologies. Conceptually, information is the collective data that describe an event, situation, product, or situation. For instance, information about the history of a country’s war efforts, current weather conditions in Paris, and recent financial developments in New York City can be collectively termed as the history of war, and the current weather conditions in Paris can be called the weather. Information is a very abstract concept, since it does not lend itself to a concrete definition. The process of collecting information, however, lends itself to a clear example of how information changes over time, and provides the basis for an account of how information is collected and maintained.
Collection is a process that transforms the information that already exists into something new. How information is collected depends on the information that is being collected. Information can be gathered in many different ways, by different individuals, for different purposes, and at different times. The collection of information often occurs in the form of data sets, which are groups of facts or data that are gathered in order to make an already existing collection more complete. Data sets are constructed from a number of sources, including records that have already been collected, from computer databases, and from a variety of other sources. Data sets may be used to explore patterns, to analyze relationships, and to make statistical predictions.
The core meaning of information collection, then, is the transformation of the information that already exists into a more meaningful form. While the core meaning of information is subject to constant change as technology and society evolve, core meaning is generally understood and has an effect on the process of information collection. The information collected may be used to support a business’s business activities and strategies, to aid a research project, or to perform an analysis on trends and patterns. Whatever the purpose of the information that is being collected, it generally goes through a process of interpretation, validation, and aggregation to come up with a meaningful result.